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Instant Pot Cashew Chicken: Whole30, Paleo, 30 Minutes

This instant pot cashew chicken tastes like the familiar Chinese takeout we all love, but in a better-for-you, Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free version that only takes 30 minutes. No more waiting for your delivery full of MSG!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″-1.5″ pieces
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons sugar-free ketchup
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar*
  • 1 tbsp honey*
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup cashews

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 tbsp sesame oil, coconut aminos, ketchup, vinegar, coconut sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, Five Spice, and red pepper flakes. Whisk well to combine and set aside.
  2. In a bowl or baggie, coat chicken pieces with 1 tbsp of the arrowroot flour, salt and pepper. Add 1 tbsp sesame oil to the bottom of the instant pot and turn it to “sauté”.
  3. Allow oil to heat up and then sear chicken for 1-2 minutes. Press “cancel” and pour the sauce into the instant pot. Stir the sauce in with the chicken to evenly distribute. Cover, set the valve to “sealing” and press “manual” and adjust the time to 10 minutes.
  4. Right before the instant pot is done, combine 1 tbsp arrowroot flour with 2 tbsp water and stir well to dissolve. Once the instant pot is done, do a quick release and open the lid. Press the “sauté” button and pour the water and flour mixture into the instant pot and whisk into the sauce.
  5. Add the cashews and then continue stirring until the sauce has thickened. If you’d like it thicker after 1-2 minutes, add an additional 1/2 tbsp arrowroot dissolved in 1 tbsp water. Once the sauce has thickened, add any additional salt and pepper and serve.
  6. Serve over broccoli, cauliflower rice, on it’s own with a side, over spaghetti squash “lo mien” noodles, etc. Garnish with any additional cashews, green onion, or sesame seeds

Notes

  • *Omit for Whole30. Optional substitutions include 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, or 1-2 medjool dates, pitted and pureed in a food processor with 1/4 cup water to help blend.
  • If sauce gets too thick, you can easily thin it back out again by adding a few tablespoons of water. Only do a few at a time until at your desired consistancy.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: 322
  • Sugar: 11
  • Fat: 16
  • Carbohydrates: 19
  • Protein: 26